HOW TO SAVE MONEY ON YOUR WEDDING INVITATIONS
SET A BUDGET
It’s important to set a budget for everything, and that includes your stationery. It’s a small detail, but your wedding stationery is just as important as your flowers, food and all the other bigger bits too. It’s the first thing your guests will see and is often kept as a memento of the day. So, once you’ve decided on an amount, speak to your wedding stationer and discuss the options that fit within your budget.
WHITTLE IT DOWN
Much to your husband-to-be’s delight, you only need to order what you really need. If you know you’re one to get carried away, write a list of what you think you need in order of priority.
Save the Dates
Order of Service
Thank You Cards
Then, be strict with yourself and put a line through the ones you could probably live without. Once you’ve decided on your order, draw together some ideas to inspire the elements that you want designed, and do a little research to see if those styles come in under budget.
EMBRACE THE NEW AGE
Nowadays everyone’s going digital, and as much as I’m a traditionalist, wedding websites might just be the way forward when it comes to saving a few pennies. It’s a quick, easy and super stylish way to update your guests with important info like - where to stay, local taxi numbers and directions to the venue. You can direct your guests to the site by listing the web address on your Save the Date cards or invitations.
You’ve read the do’s, now here are the definitely do NOT'S. It’s difficult to know where to save money without your wedding looking whack, and I often get asked what I can do to reduce the cost of stationery sets. At the end of the day, you get what you pay for so here’s a run down of the tempting wallet friendly tips that’ll leave you short in the style stakes.
DDIY - DON'T DO IT YOURSELF
We all made pasta picture frames at school, but that, unfortunately, doesn’t qualify you as wedding stationer of the year. If you stick, staple and score your stationery yourself, it will look nothing more than homemade. But, if you’re desperate to go all arts and crafts, ask your stationery designer to help you with the key pieces and maybe add your own touches later. There are affordable options for almost every budget, so before you pick up the pritt stick (other glues are available), get in touch with a stationer and get yourself a quote.
ENVELOPES WITH LABELS
Envelopes with sticky labels? Sticky labels in general…not my bag. Return address envelopes and guest envelopes should all be digitally printed, handwritten (preferably by a calligraphy pro) or stamped with a return address stamp.